Yes, old mechanics, proven and known mechanics
I went from 225/-/17 to 205/-/16 and the narrower tires felt noticeably less grippy, even when brand new. The narrower tires might have some advantage in snow but that's probably not a concern for you so yes, a wider tire would perform better.Two days of use, my first impressions:
1º With all the suspension renewal that I have done, the car goes like a train, it is very flat in the curves, it does not wobble, I can make a complete turn to a round (roundabout) with the car practically flat and that makes all the I work on the grip for the tires, it is normal to hear them complaining in the curves, I have mounted very bad and old tires that do not convey confidence to me.
I think that the 205/55/16 that I am riding is visually and dynamically narrow but of course the options are to mount a Michelin Pilot of that size that are very well priced and give very good grip or to test with wider rims and sizes .. .
2º Because of this above and because the direction is not well aligned, I notice the direction very nervous, but precise, if it transmits the feeling of the road to me? I do not know, you want to lower the pressure of the tires a bit, I still do not know, what if it generates a feeling of driving at a higher speed than driving, on the mountain road that takes me to work, this The road is very slow and with many curves, ups and downs, I have the feeling of going fast but when I see the speed it is almost the same as the one I use with my daily car.
Gutting the pre-cats is a great idea. If I ever buy another one of these cars, that will be one of the first things I do. Instant improvement in power, sound, and gas mileage with almost no cost.4º I cannot know at what RPM I go with my ear, in other cars I know how the sound of the engine is proportional to the RPM, in this car at low the engine does not sound at all at medium speed "roars" and at medium high it does almost same noise (I have not exceeded 5500 and I have bad IMRC) I suppose that above 5500 rpm it will make a higher noise, one of my children wants me to change the exhaust silencer and remove the PRE CAT from the exhaust manifold ( that with 216,000km they only have to brake the gases) to hear the engine well.
Maybe he is right but that will wait until he can lift the car well in the future.
Are you saying you have a head gasket leak? That would be something to address right away. The good news is that it will be a good opportunity to install those SVT cams!5º Today I have seen when I get to work that I have a very hard radiator hose and I think the fault is shown, everything seems that the explosion chamber and the coolant circuit are communicated?
You already know you have a bad IMRC, probably a leaking IACV, and maybe a leaking head gasket so mileage numbers probably don't mean much right now. You should be close to 8 when everything is running right.6º In the ITV they told me that the gas test that they did at 2500 rpm gave 1 that is the result of a perfect mixture of air and gasoline, even so it is giving me a consumption of 8.4L / 100km in an economical driving when going To work with 20% city 80% Mountain road, maybe it affects that I do not know what RPM range is better to take it on these roads. I do not know if it would consume me less to circulate in a lower gear in the slow sections.
With my other car, a citroen C elysee, with a 3-cylinder engine, 1.2L atmospheric 82cv, gasoline, variable intake and exhaust and 1055kg on this route makes me a consumption of 5L / 100 km
Theoretically possible but six speeds don't really offer any performance benefit so it's probably not worth the trouble unless you will be putting on a lot of miles at high speed.10º There are versions of the Mondeo-Contour that have a 6-speed gearbox, does anyone know if it is adaptable?